The right tires ensure that your car’s performance isn’t negatively affected and that your vehicle is well-equipped to tackle the harshest of weather conditions. Car tires are normally replaced every three/four years. If they are worn out, they can make driving unpredictable and dangerous. With basic knowledge, you should be able to find and buy the best tires for your Ford. They are just as important as your engine oil.
You should never wait until your tires are completely worn out or falling apart to replace them. Modern tires feature wear bars with colored stripes that poke out when the tire starts to wear out. Some start to make a sound at some point. To test if your car needs new tires, put a penny in an upside-down position at the bottom of the tire treads. If the head of the coin pops above the treads, you need new tires.
Below are a few things you need to consider before choosing factory or custom replacement tires for Ford:
Tire sizes are normally indicated on the sidewall of the tire. They are represented by a series of numbers, slashes, and letters. These can be intimidating to a first time buyer. Normally, you’ll find the tire size displayed like this: P185/60/R16. The P stands for “passenger”, the 185 represents the tire width in millimeters, the 60 represents the height to ratio width of the tire, the R stands for “radial,” while the 16 represents the inner diameter of the tire. Consult your owner’s manual to find the right tire measurements for your Ford.
Most car tires are divided into all-season, winter, or summer tires. Most drivers go for all-season tires as they offer a cheaper alternative to buying separate sets for winter and summer. All-season tires are all-rounded and deliver good performance. Summer tires are built to perform better during wet/dry braking and handling. Unfortunately, they have very low snow traction. Winter tires give the much needed snow traction but brake fairly on clear roads.
The average tire buyer could care less about the tread pattern of his/her tires. However, this could be where you enhance the performance of your Ford. Softer tire compounds tend to give better grip, but wear faster. There are tires whose treads are designed to channel debris and water away from the vehicle to maintain a good grip. Pick tire treads that much your needs. Most of the options you’ll find at your local dealership are designed to work the same way.
Some tires will feature other extra numbers and letters that represent their speed and load rating. The higher the load rating, the more weight the tire can accommodate. The speed rating is normally represented by a letter which shows a range of speeds the tire can handle. Going faster can become very dangerous. Other tires will feature temperature, traction, and treadwear ratings. These depend on the type of manufacturer.